Best and Worst Animes of Spring 2013

This Spring held a lot of promise but faltered in the end. There were some stand-outs but I’m not sure if I can consider them gems just yet. 

BEST 3

1. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love wa Magitteru

This was a sleeper for the season. Three aloof people with a distinct way of viewing the world provides us with profound observations. It deals with how humans interact based on the situation. It has an undercut and meaningful way of delivering its message. It brings forward the obvious things we tend to forget. This anime is just plain refreshing and I felt this kind of concept hasn’t been totally done.

2. Hataraku Maou-sama!

This has been a strong anime from its premiere. It hasn’t faltered in quality at all. We’ve got the strongest seiyuu ensemble I’ve seen in awhile. The richness of the interpretation they give adds life to the anime. We also have really good comedy that meshes well with the storyline. Even though the plot isn’t moving much, you just bask in the moment because that’s how interesting this anime has been.

3. Date a Live

I’m not usually a fan of harem animes- in fact, I detest it… but this anime is just presented so nicely that I must praise it. A deft director can really do some wonders. The process of courting all the heroines but their different storylines overlap to generate more complications and interesting developments. It’s amazing how cohesive this anime has been. I’m actually surprised to find myself enjoying the simple moments in the anime.

WORST 3  

1. Uta no Prince-sama Maji 2000%

It rehashed the guys’ growing feelings for Nanami. I didn’t like the format where each of the guys were given an episode to get a moment with Nanami and to sing their song. It was boring and predictable. The reasons why the first season was enjoyable was not present anymore. I didn’t sense them as underdogs who were trying to make a name as an idol group. It lacked a lot of substance and events to keep the plot moving forward. It felt too contrived and unrealistic.

2. Aku no Hana

I was tempted to drop this several times. It was plain disgusting. I know humans have an ugly side but this is just a different level of deviancy. I don’t want to elaborate any further since this isn’t worth recommending.

3. Karneval

It was generally boring since it just reuses similar structures and theme from older animes. The originality in this is the Circus theme but it lacked a lot of world-building to pull it off. It’s such a shame since it almost had D. Grayman’s lovely tone… It just couldn’t deliver it properly.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Shingeki no Kyojin

Naturally, the most overrated animes fall under this category. I do enjoy Shingeki no Kyojin, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that it’s all action and no character depth. We would see glimpses but before it can be developed further it’s back to the action again. It would be great if this could strike a balance in the second half of its run.

EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS

Date a Live!

I think my reasons earlier justify this already.

FAVORITE ANIMATION

Suisei no Gargantia

You can never go wrong with Urobochi Gen.

FAVORITE CHARACTER

Hikigaya Hachiman (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love wa Magitteru)

He’s like the realistic version of Hyouka’s Oreki. This guy stays out of things because he sees no purpose and use. He’s brutally honest, which is why this anime has some funny jabs and great realizations.

FAVORITE PAIRING

Amy and Ledo (Suisei no Gargantia)

These two are both dense about their growing attraction to each other. They started out as enemies, which gradually turned into good friends who cared for each other. But time makes them want to be able to protect the other. This pairing stems from something deeper, some kind of longing that is difficult to explain.

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